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Gatehouse South Bastle, Tarset

In the civil parish of Tarset.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY78778894
Latitude 55.19429° Longitude -2.33473°

Gatehouse South Bastle, Tarset has been described as a certain Bastle.

There are major building remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


(NY 78798895) At Gatehouse are two 'ancient dwellings' placed on each side of the road and at right angles to each other. Each has consisted of a heavily built oblong stone house two storeys in height. The ground floor had no external opening except a door at one end but could also be entered by trap door from above. The upper floor has a door reached by outside stair and two small window openings.
The north house bears most of these features intact but has a modern entrance inserted at one end of the ground floor. The other house has had a lean-to addition on the back and a square extension at one end. About 100 years ago (c.1840) the front wall was rebuilt, with a door in the centre and sash windows. There is an original doorway at its west end. A large opening has recently been made to enable the building to be used as a garage or barn and the windows boarded up. Both houses seem to date from Henry VIII or Elizabeth but nothing is known of their history. (Architectural description of both buildings) (Dodds 1940).
'Gatehouse' formerly known as 'Yethouse'. The two peel houses, neither of which is occupied, cannot easily be dated. One of them has in its north gable a little doorway of late 16th or very early 17th century date (Brown 1938).
Two rectangular, two-storey, gabled stone houses situated upon a south west facing slope, in open moorland, overlooking the valley of the Tarset Burn, with commanding view to the north and east. 'B' NY 78788894. In disrepair, roofless. No structural evidence of a former outside stairway. 11m long, 7m wide, approx 9m high, with three original walls 1.3m thick. Miss E C Thompson, of Gatehouse Farm has no further information about these buildings (F1 ASP 09-JUL-1956).
Gatehouse South Bastle. Rectangular building 11m x 7m externally with walls c.1.2m thick of large rubble, except for rebuilt south wall 0.7m thick of smaller stone. Blocked byre door in centre west end has roll-moulded surround; above and to south is blocked first-floor window. Other features largely from late 18th/early 19th century remodelling, including three fireplaces. One roll-moulded stone re-used in the rebuilt south west quoin is probably a jamb stone from the upper doorway. Now a roofless shell, with a ragged gap in the south wall. Adjacent boundary walls incorporate remains of adjacent (18th century?) buildings; a 18th/19th century north outshut has been removed (F3 PFR 25-JUN-1990).
Scheduled Monument Consent granted for works to Gatehouse South Bastle on 27-Feb-1991. Concerned with consolidating and repairing the existing walls, building up the south wall to eaves level, replacing the windows and replacing the slated and timber trussed roof (Letter DOE 29-Feb-1991 Ref:HSD 9/2/2218).
Built of random rubble, roofless { 1987}. The walls stand to full height, though the south wall is a 19th century rebuild. The dimensions are about 40 feet by 25 feet, with walls about 5 feet thick. Apart from the masonry, the ground floor doorway is the most impressive surviving feature. It is blocked now, but has a fine roll-moulded surround and a relieving arch above. On the inside it is covered by a 19th century fireplace from the period when the bastle was occupied as a cottage (Grundy 1987). (Northumberland HER)

Ruined bastlehouse. Late C16 or early C17. Random rubble, roofless. All walls stand to full height, though the south wall is a C19 rebuild. c.40 ft. x 25 ft.
Ground-floor doorway blocked on gable end; it has a roll-moulded surround with relieving arch over, hole-for harr post and drawbar.tunnels.
Interior: walls c.5 ft. thick, south wall much thinner. Ground-floor doorway covered by early C19 fireplace. (Listed Building Report)

Gatehouse was a complex of five bastles. The listing report is out of date and the building has been roofed.
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